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Big Honey Dog Mysteries #1: Curse of the Scarab: Volume 1 Paperback – 18 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Sign up for the Big Honey Dog Mysteries newsletter to be notified about new releases, sneak previews, giveaways and more! Go to: http://bitly.com/honeymysteries-newsletter H.Y. Hanna was born in Taiwan and has been a globe-trotter most of her life, from growing up in the United Arab Emirates to attending school in New Jersey, from working in the glamorous world of London advertising to emigrating Down Under. Along the way, she somehow managed to pick up a wonderful husband, a huge, slobbery dog, two rescue cats, an assortment of cardboard boxes and a slightly dodgy "trans-atlantic" accent. After graduating from Oxford University, she tried her hand at a variety of jobs before returning to her first love: writing. She is the author of the Amazon-bestselling children's mystery series, BIG HONEY DOG MYSTERIES, and is now diving into the world of romantic suspense with the launch of TENDER DECEIT, Book 1 in the FIRST LOVE SERIES. She also writes the "ASK HONEY!" series -- answers to real-life dog training and behaviour questions, inspired by her popular dog blog. Always fascinated by dogs, she specialised as a pet writer for magazines in the UK, Australia and NZ, and has been heavily involved in training, behaviour, dog sports and photography. You can find out more about H.Y. Hanna at: www.bighoneydogmysteries.com (where you can learn about the 'real-life' Honey who inspired many of her books) or at her own website: www.hyhanna.com You can also find her on Facebook at "H.Y. Hanna" or follow the Big Honey Dog Mysteries Facebook Page -- for pet-related news and updates!
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One fine day, Honey the Great Dane's life is turned upside down by the disappearance of local puppies. It seems they are being puppynapped! Honey must solve the crime and find the missing puppies before it's too late. But do not fret, for she has a pack of friends to help her. There's Biscuit the Beagle with the bulging belly and best nose in town; Suka the Siberian Husky with her tall tails [sic] of mad scientist vets; little Tyson the Terrier with the big personality and sharp teeth; and lastly, Ruffster the cockney mutt. Together they must dig holes, scare cats, learn about Egyptian mythology and find the missing puppies.
The Curse of the Scarab is a charming story. It's well written, humorous and touching. Lots of dog jokes and adventure. In my opinion, the book is most suitable for the younger end of the middle grade scale, but I reckon dog fans of any age would love it. I'm thirty seven, very much enjoyed it and fell floppy ears-over-tail in love with Honey (who is based on the author's actual and very beautiful Great Dane). There are some sad parts to the story, and I will admit to a small wobble of the bottom lip and the immediate consumption of chocolate. The sad stuff is handled very well, though, and I'm very much looking forward to more stories in this series. In fact, I'm just off the read the Christmas story Message in a Bauble...
I was provided with a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. This did not change my opinion in any way.
Author: H Y Hanna
Title: Curse of the Scarab
The children (and the teachers) loved the cover. They loved the silhouette of the dog, the fonts and the dark feel of the cover. They thought it was very genre-appropriate.
The children (9-12 year olds) very much enjoyed this book. They thought the plot (puppynapping) was exciting and they thought there were lots of funny bits too. One young reader put in her feedback, ‘This is such a sweet story. It’s sad too but that’s ok. I love dogs and any story with a dog in it must be good. And this is.’
They also thought you put together interesting characters for them to care about and fall in love with.
Many of the young readers commented on the Egyptian theme. They liked this very much and one class even looked at Egypt for a whole week after reading your book.
Finally, they liked the hero of the book, Honey. They thought he had the sort of character they could get behind and urge to solve the mystery. One reader (teacher) put in his feedback, ‘This book is perfect for dog lovers. Not only is it very exciting and funny, but there are dogs everywhere.’
The readers felt this book was very well edited and they did not spot any punctuation, spelling or grammatical errors. A few of the young readers (9 year olds) thought it was a bit too long for them and got a little slow in the middle.
The children (and teachers) liked the way you balanced mystery with humour. They felt it was a very light-hearted read and was all the better for it. They thought you handled tension, building it nicely throughout the book till the exciting ending. One teacher put in her feedback, ‘I’m surprised I have not heard of this author and her work. Her writing style really is perfect for children. I think her books will eventually become very popular.’
‘Sweet, funny and exciting. The perfect children’s book.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
***** 5 stars
It's intelligent, well-written, the characters are interesting, and the storyline is compelling. One can see that it would be both entertaining and educational for a child (its main audience) but yet as an adult I found it tricky to put down (I bought it to give to my niece, but accidentally got hooked!).
Strongly recommended as holiday reading or a Christmas gift.
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